Duration: 4 minutes
SATB 8-part chorus
First performed by the William Byrd Singers, cond. Stephen Wilkinson, 14 December 1999, Gatley, Manchester
Recording by Meridian Voices
Prizewinner in 2001 European Composition Competition for Cathedral Choirs
Listen to A Solis Ortus Cardine by Alan Charlton performed by Meridian Voices conducted by the composer himself:
This is a setting of the first five and eighth verses of the Advent text of Coelius Sedulius that can be found in the Oxford Book of Carols. The doxology is loosely based on the plainsong of the Sarum Chant to which this Christmas hymn is often sung.